Life Chain is just one of many ways to advocate for a cultural change

Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays: Participants hold signs outside Blessed Sacrament Church on Savannah Highway at the Life Chain event Oct. 6. The nationwide demonstration advocates silent and respectful prayer as a way to promote the culture of life.

Life Chain participants in front of Blessed Sacrament Church on Savannah Highway in Charleston remained silent in prayer despite horns honking in support, a protestor across the street, and a car passenger’s angry words and gestures. 

They stood their ground while holding signs reminding passersby of the plight of the unborn. This very visible display took place Oct. 6 at hundreds of locations nationwide.

Life Chain events are just one of the many ways people can renew their commitment to a culture of life, said Kathy Schmugge, director of the diocesan Office of Family Life.

People can pray privately or publicly with Life Chain and 40 Days for Life, become a sidewalk advocate for those considering abortion, or volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers and hospice centers, she said. 

Schmugge also urged people to educate others and speak out for legislation such as the Heartbeat Bill, and hold elected officials accountable. 

“Now more then ever, we must be the voice for the voiceless,” she said. “Our job as people of faith is to restore hope to those in despair, which can be anything from financial assistance to accompaniment to someone struggling at any stage of life — from conception to natural death.”

All photos, Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays: A participant holds a sign at the Life Chain event on Savannah Highway.


Michael Whitcomb advocates for life at the Life Chain on Savannah Highway. He attended the event along with his wife and children.